October 13th, 2008
03:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll Update: McCain faces wide gap

McCain is down 8 points in CNN's latest poll of polls.
McCain is down 8 points in CNN's latest poll of polls.

(CNN) - As John McCain and Sarah Palin scramble to defend states President Bush easily carried four years ago, a new CNN poll of polls Monday shows Barack Obama with an 8-point lead over the Arizona senator nationwide.

The new poll of polls, comprised of six recently released surveys, ties the largest lead Obama has held over McCain this election cycle, and suggests the Republican presidential hopeful faces an increasingly difficult task to turn around voter sentiment by Election Day.

According to the new poll of polls, Obama leads McCain 50-42 percent with 8 percent still undecided. That number incorporates new polls from ABC/Washington Post, Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, Newsweek, Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby, Gallup, and Diageo/Hotline.

Campaigning in Virginia earlier Monday, McCain acknowledged his deficit in the polls, and said the national media has all but declared the race over.

"We have 22 days to go. We're 6 points down," he said. "The national media has written us off…. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we've got them just where we want them."

Meanwhile, a new CNN poll of polls out of the state of Nevada shows Obama holding on to his advantage in a state that narrowly voted for Bush in 2004. The latest poll of polls shows Obama with a 4 point lead there, 49 to 45 percent. That compares to a 3 point lead Obama held in Nevada last week. CNN considers Nevada a tossup state in its electoral map.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. al in memphis

    Giving your opponent credit for a good ideas tells me that Obama value what works and not just what will get you elected. While I don't favor some of Obama's stands on social issues, I know that people who get things done, do so based on good ideas and steady strategy– Obama's campaign has shown both.

    Independent voting for Obama

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Alpha

    I just hope America do what they suggests. Obama.Biden '08.

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Kathy

    CNN, when are you going to update the Electoral Map already... there are a few states that need to be changed from yellow to blue!

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Margarita from CO

    No, Senator McCain, the media has NOT written you off. I am sure there will still be some dirty tricks up your sleeve, and we cannot relax or let our guard down until after the election.

    Obama-Biden 2008

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. J from NY

    Simple! As the gap widens, there is determination to prove that for once and all change is needed and wanted. Yet, we are leery of the tactics. We complain alot but someone somewhere is doing worse and we need to recognize that someone is suffering more than ourselves.

    McCain has hardly a welcoming persona. The leads are much more than what is shown. November 4 will stop this madness and enter the world of the cleanup,

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Seanie

    Three weeks until the election. I can't wait until it is over because this country that I love with all heart is becoming so divided. I can see hatred sprewing out of people especially at those republician rally events. We are one nation under God. We need to start act like we are.

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. JayInNewHampshire

    John McCain, Sarah Palin pallin around with idiots!

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Richard Sattich - Georgetown Ky.

    What most people don't realize is that these polls
    don't include newly registered voters. These polls
    are of the same people that voted in 2004.
    I can't imagine what the poll would look like
    that included everyone. I just know it would be
    a lot more in favor of Barack Obama.

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Pat from Florida

    Where is Senator Mc Cain's FLAG PIN ?????????????????

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Mary

    White 69 Women Republican voting proudly for OBAMA- As a republican from Ohio i am casting my vote to Barack he has shown leadership and brilliance that are rear in presidents. I once respected Mccain but after Palin was selected as VP my perception of him changed , he didnt choose more qualified individuals like Romney. It time for America to select the first MIXED race to the president of the UNITED STATE Barack OBAMA

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Lynn

    Is this the first time in history that a presidential and vice presidential nominee..ON THE SAME TICKET... have both been under investigation for "ethics violations"??

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Country First?

    John McCain chose a "Country First" mantra, and then turns around
    and selects the most unqualified and hardheaded woman(like Bush),
    with no foreign policy experience whatsoever, with a very dangerous persona to possibly be President of the country. How is SHE going to
    protect us. No disrespect , but McCain's judgment allowed him to
    crash planes and get captured. Heaven forbid of he gets captured
    again while asleep in the White House. Sara Palin has already proven
    to be corrupt with Un American agenda. Top that off with her gross
    nonqualifications and we have a recipe for disaster. Voters, think
    twice about allowing the Republicans to fool this country again.

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Kim

    GO O AND JOE!! Let's remind Senator McSame that being a "fighter" also means calm, steady non-inflammtory leadership; the kind we haven't seen from him or Caribou "Ms. Abuse of Power" Barbie. I'm thrilled to read the details of Obama's economic plan released today. It's way past time someone quit taxing unemployment benefits (having drawn unemployment myself, it would be a very welcome relief). Now, if someone would only put price controls on the costs of groceries....

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Kathryn, Portland, ME

    The reason Obama/Biden's poll numbers are up is simple; they've run a positive campaign on the issues and don't personally attack and incite supporters to kill the opposition.

    McCain and Palin resorted to dirty politics and the American people are sick of it after 8 years of Bush-Cheney.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Ann

    Although it is looking great, It is not over ......Obama/Biden supporters do no get complacent. Take absolutely nothing for granted.

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Scott Robinson-Woodinville

    This thing will close a bit before the actual election. A little stability returned to the markets, some good attack ads my the McCain campaign, and maybe an Obama gaffe or two, and this thing is right back in play.

    But hpefully, hopefully, overall this shows that Americans are finally coming to their senses. That they recognise the current disaster in Iraq, the environment, and now our economy are a direct result of republican policies. Maybe now they are realizing that brains and intellect don't mean out-of-touch and elitist, but rather competent and capable. Perhaps now people will come to their senses and vote Obama.

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. BUZZARDS KORNER

    That is exactly why "THAT ONE" will be PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ALL THOSE WHO STILL HAVE THEIR HEAD BURIED IN THE SAND.....

    CAN ANYONE SAY......OBAMA LANDSLIDE!!!!!

    BUZZARDS KORNER
    OBAMA/BIDEN08

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Obama for President

    I agree keep it moving at a good pace guys!!!!!

    JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. shelagh cosgrove

    There's HOPE, folks–real hope that things can get better here in the U.S.
    Obama '08! Sooner or later, truth and integrity will win because at the core, these are what everyone really wants and deserves.
    Say goodbye to the politics of fear, and have courage! As Obama himself says–it's not about him, it's about us!

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Unshrub

    "We have 22 days to go. We're 6 points down," John McCain's campaign.

    Denial may be river in Egypt, but it also runs pretty strong in John McCain's campaign.

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Rob

    As McCain comes out with his 'Message of the Day"tm Obama continues to strike a steady course with fresh ideas with a Presidential demeanor. McCain can't even keep the message straight between him and the gimmick running mate from day to day. Who do you trust to be a leader?

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Tony

    MCCAIN HAD A VERY, VERY GOOD CHACNE OF WINNING THIS ELECTION UNTIL HE MADE THE FATAL ERROR OF CHOOSING PALIN.

    I THINK HE REALIZED IT EARLY ON, BUT KNEW IF HE DROPPED HER FROM THE TICKET THAT IT WOULD PROVE WHAT MOST ARE BEGINNING TO REALIZE NOW, THAT HE HAS LOUSY JUDGMENT AND MAKES DECISIONS IN A VERY SCHIZOPHRENIC, ERRATIC MANNER WITH VERY LITTLE THOUGHT.

    THAT MAKES ANY MAN OR WOMAN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

    YOU NEED LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE LAST 8 YEARS!

    October 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. kate

    As much as I don't agree with Mccain and I do think Obama is the better candidate, you can't help but feel sorry for Mccain.He means well, but can't queit articulate his ideas or doesn't have any.

    I feel for him, but he aint' getting my vote!

    October 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. TH

    MCCAIN IS A TOOL AND SARHA IS A GARDEN TOOL!

    October 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. women4obama

    I love THAT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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